East London local Lee-Ann King aims to take on the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro on August 9 as part of the Trek4Mandela initiative to raise funds for the Caring4Girls menstrual hygiene programme.
Trek4Mandela hopes to raise funds for Caring4Girls to help them to reach two million disadvantaged girls by 2020.
“I simply loved the idea of this challenge from the minute I heard of it. I am inspired by exciting goals and could not think of something more exciting than to take on Kilimanjaro and contribute to such a worthy cause,” King said.
Former public prosecutor Prof Thuli Madonsela will lead the expedition.
As a mother of three girls, the cause is dear to King who believes that it’s an opportunity to restore dignity in young South African women.
“I understand the challenges girls face regarding self-esteem in general, let alone coping with the added struggle on a monthly basis of having no access to basic hygiene requirements,” she said
To help prepare for the trek, King has been hitting the gym and taking time to summit the peaks of Winterberg, on top of being a runner for 12 years.
“I have been blessed with a healthy body and I am fortunate to be able to exercise. I don’t take that lightly so I am excited to put that to good use,” King said.
To raise further awareness, King is planning a fun beach walk on Mandela Day with an entry fee of sanitary towels.
The public can get involved by sending an SMS with the name “LEEANNKING” to 42513 to make a pledge of R30.
For more information visit www.trek4 mandela.com and www.lexisnexis.co.za